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Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund covered by the Common Strategic Framework and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006


This proposed Regulation delivers a common set of basic rules. It is divided into two parts.
The first part sets out a series of common provisions governing all structural instruments covered by the Common Strategic Framework. These provisions concern the general principles of support such as partnership, multi-level governance, equality between men and women, sustainability and compliance with applicable EU and national law. The proposal also contains the common elements of strategic planning and programming, including a list of joint thematic objectives derived from the Europe 2020 Strategy, provisions on the Common Strategic Framework at Union level and on Partnership Contracts to be concluded with each Member State. It sets out a common approach to reinforce the performance orientation of the cohesion policy, the rural development policy and the maritime and fisheries policy and therefore includes provisions concerning conditionalities and performance review, but also the arrangements for monitoring, reporting and evaluation. Common provisions concerning the implementation of CSF Funds are also set out with regard to eligibility rules, and special arrangements are defined for financial instruments and community led local development. Some management and control arrangements are also common for all CSF Funds.
The second part includes specific provisions set out for the ERDF, the ESF and the CF. These include provisions related to the mission and goals of cohesion policy, the financial framework, specific programming and reporting arrangements, major projects and joint action plans. The second part sets out the requirements on management and control systems under cohesion policy and elaborates the specific arrangements for control and financial management.


Commission Status

06/10/2011 Proposal Adopted by European Commission
Next Action: TBA

EU Parliament Status

07/10/2011 Received from Commission
Next Action: Will be allocated to relevant Parliamentary Committee(s)

Council Status

07/10/2011 Received from Commission
Next Action: TBA

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